Ten years of blogging: 2003

In a post about The West Wing, I appeared to believe that the Republicans couldn’t be captured by the radical right. Back in those days, even the most hardened political obsessives hadn’t heard of Sarah Palin (and most people outside of Illinois would have had no idea who Barack Obama was).

If I’d never started blogging, I’d never have been able to write “The end of the world is predicted by a Hebrew speaking carp in New York.”

I also got to write this little rant when a Tory gimboid accused Liberal Democrats of hating Britain, freedom and god knows what else for daring to oppose Mr Blair’s Iraqi adventure. And even though it was borrowed from elsewhere, I still love that last line.

I did spot the beginnings of Howard Dean’s Presidential campaign – and then decided that Wesley Clark entering the race was a more important development. My political prediction skills were as good as they’ve always been.

When I started blogging, George Galloway was a member of the Labour Party. That does seem a long time ago.

Looking through old posts, I discover I was into things I completely forgot about, like this post on my watching of 24, where I realise it’s actually a remake of Captain Scarlet. There were also a lot more posts about football, and Wolves making it to the Premiership.

With the sort of thing that can get you arrested now, I wrote about the sex drives of teenage boys, based on my personal experience of having been one.

Anyone else remember Armando Ianucci’s Gash?

Here’s a little moment of history – my first ever mention of Colchester local politics comes in this post as part of a local elections liveblog, noting that the Lib Dems have gained 2 seats. If I remember rightly, I think one of them is Lesley Scott-Boutell getting elected in Stanway for the first time and the other is Martin Hunt returning to the Council by winning Christ Church. Ken Jones held Castle for the Liberal Democrats, and four years after that, his seat would be the one I was elected for. On the same night, Iain Coleman became Britain’s first blogger elected as a councillor.

Sentences I’m not likely to write in 2013: ‘Rod Liddle has an excellent column

Back in 2003, we were still discussing whether London should bid for the Olympics. It seemed such a distant and unlikely prospect at the time that I don’t recall there being much blogging about it by anybody, mainly because I think we all assumed there was no chance we’d get it. Of course, around the same time I was also discussing the mayoral candidacy of Simon Hughes as though he had a chance of winning.

More quality prognostication as I discuss who’s going to be the new permanent host of Have I Got News For You. It was obvious that this guest hosts thing was just a passing fad, wasn’t it?

2003 was a very different place. Back then, people were discussing what lessons Big Brother had for politics, and how would politics embrace the power of the blog. Very odd to remember the time when Big Brother was a social phenomenon, and not just part of the reality TV production line. It was also the year when Twenty20 Cricket was a new phenomenon too.

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